THOUGHTFUL PEOPLE



Truth From Thoughtful People 



Simon Wiesenthal  — Was an Austrian Nazi hunter and writer.   He was a Jewish Austrian Holocaust survivor who became famous after World War II for his work as a Nazi hunter He was born in Buchach, Ukraine on December 31, 1908 and Died On September 20, 2005.  I met him once in Queens New York and we spent a fascinating few hours together …   

  •  “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”  “ For evil to flourish, it only requires good men to do nothing. (Var.)  It was his favorite quote, but it was not his.  This quote can be traced to similar quotes as far back as Talmudic times and later credited to Edmund Burke, who never used it,  including its use by John F Kennedy in a speech in 1961  — Never happened, Burke never said it…
  • — Humor is the weapon of unarmed people: it helps people who are oppressed to smile at the situation that pains them.  God must have been on leave during the Holocaust.
  • — There is no denying that Hitler and Stalin are alive today… they are waiting for us to forget, because this is what makes possible the resurrection of these two monsters.
  • —  Violence is like a weed - it does not die even in the greatest drought.
  • —  Justice for crimes against humanity must have no limitations.
  • —  I know I am not only the bad conscience of the Nazis. I am also the bad conscience of the Jews. Because what I have  taken up as my duty was everybody’s duty and many ignored it.
  • —  For your benefit, learn from our tragedy. It is not a written law that the next victims must be Jews. It can also be other people.
  • —  The combination of hatred and technology is the greatest danger threatening mankind.
  • —  The end was surely near. The Nazis killed you only when you were naked, because they knew, psychologically, that naked people never resist.
  •   Technology without hatred can be a blessing. Technology with hatred is always a disaster.
  • —  We know that we are not collectively guilty, so how can we accuse any other nation, no matter what some of its people have done, of being collectively guilty?
  • —  When we come to the other world and meet the millions of Jews who died in the camps and they ask us, ‘ What have you done?' there will be many answers. You will say, 'I became a jeweler.' Another will say, 'I smuggled coffee and American cigarettes.' Another will say, 'I built houses.' But I will say, ‘I didn't forget you.' 
  • —  The only value of nearly five decades of my work is a warning to the murderers of tomorrow, that they will never rest.
  •  —  Should history repeat itself, my example will repeat itself too…and not once, but fifty-fold


― Elie Wiesel  — 

Elie Wiesel was a Romanian-born American writer, professor, political activist, Nobel laureate, and Holocaust survivor. He authored 57 books, written mostly in French and English, including Night, a work based on his experiences as a Jewish prisoner in the Auschwitz and Buchenwald concentration camps. 

  • “ I swore never to be silent whenever and wherever human beings endure suffering and humiliation. We must take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.”
  • The opposite of love is not hate, it’s indifference.
  • There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest.
  • Peace is our gift to each other.
  • Wherever men and women are persecuted because of their race, religion, or political views, that place must - at that moment - become the center of the universe.
  • God made man because He loves stories.
  • Indifference, to me, is the epitome of evil.
  • After all, God is God because he remembers.
  • Friendship marks a life even more deeply than love. Love risks degenerating into obsession, friendship is never anything but sharing.
  • Some stories are true that never happened.


― Anne Frank  —  
Annelie’s Marie “Anne” Frank was a German-Dutch diarist of Jewish origin.
Born 12 June 1929 
Died February or March 1945 in Bergen-Belsen Stalag XI-C of Typhus and Starvation.
One of the most discussed Jewish victims of the Holocaust, she gained fame posthumously with the publication of The Diary of a Young Girl (originally Het Achterhuis in Dutch; English: The Secret Annex), in which she documents her life in hiding from 1942 to 1944, during the German occupation of the Netherlands in World War II. It is one of the world's best known books and has been the basis for several plays and films.

  • “ If we bear all this suffering and if there are still Jews left, when it is over, then Jews, instead of being doomed, will be held up as an example.” 
  • I keep my ideals, because in spite of everything I still believe that people are really good at heart.
  • How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.
  • Think of all the beauty still left around you and be happy.
  • No one has ever become poor by giving.
  • I don’t think of all the misery, but of the beauty that still remains.
  • Whoever is happy will make others happy too.
  • Parents can only give good advice or put them on the right paths, but the final forming of a person’s character lies in their own hands.
  • Laziness may appear attractive, but work gives satisfaction.
  • We all live with the objective of being happy; our lives are all different and yet the same.
  • Whoever doesn't know it must learn and find by experience that 'a quiet conscience makes one strong!'


― Yehuda Bauer  —  

Born  - April 6, 1926 (age 94)   PragueCzechoslovakia

Academic background:  Cardiff University and Hebrew University

Thesis:    British Mandate of Palestine

Academic work:  Holocaust Studies

Institutions :   Hebrew University

  • “Thou shalt not be a victim, thou shalt not be a perpetrator, but, above all, thou shalt not be a bystander.” 
  • “Do not be a perpetrator. Do not be a bystander. Do not be a victim.” 
  • “The horror of the Holocaust is not that it deviated from human norms; the horror is that it didn't. What happened may happen again, to others not necessarily Jews, perpetrated by others, not necessarily Germans. We are all possible victims, possible perpetrators, possible bystanders.”
  • And Thou shalt never, but never be a bystander.
  • The establishment of the state of Israel is not the result of the Holocaust. It is almost a result of the fact that the Holocaust was not totally successful.
  • The public still repeats, time after time, the silly story that at Wannsee the extermination of the Jews was arrived at.
  • The Holocaust was perpetrated by the Nazis for very specific reasons. They saw in the Jews the ultimate enemy, who was behind all the other enemies they had. And the Jews were in their eyes Satan; coming from a Christian background, although anti-Christian, if somebody was Satan you knew what to do with him. Murder him. Kill him. Annihilate him. Ultimately. 
  • Perhaps drive him out first. And then finally when this didn't work kill him. And it wasn't really directed against the Jews of country X but against the concept of the Jew. The Jew. Anywhere. Everywhere. At all times. Forever. And that is unique. That has never happened before but it can happen again. The idea of some powerful force that unless it is totally annihilated there's no chance for your survival. That was the Nazi ideology.
  • In the book of which I have spoken before, are the Ten Commandments. Maybe we should add three additional ones: "You, your children and your children's children shall never become perpetrators"; "You, your children and your children's children shall never never allow yourselves to become victims"; and "You, your children and your children's children shall never, but never, be passive onlookers to mass murder, genocide, or (let us hope it may never be repeated) to a Holocaust-like tragedy."